Fresh-faced featherweight Frankie Edgar has no illusions about the reception he’ll receive in October when he heads down to Brazil to face beloved countryman Jose Aldo for the UFC strap. While Edgar is one of the most respectful individuals in the sport and essentially relies on Brazilians like Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida when it comes to training, he understands he’ll still be viewed as a heel in front of Aldo’s rabid fanbase.
“I’m not fearful for my life or anything like that. They’re some passionate people and Jose Aldo is their guy,” acknowledged Edgar in an interview with The MMA Hour, playfully adding, “We’ll see what I can do in the fight to have some people cheering my name by the end of it.”
Not only is Edgar ready for a raucous crowd at UFC 153 unlike any he’s experienced thus far in his career, but “The Answer” also will also enter the Octagon prepared for Aldo to rise to the occasion and add a plus sign next to his already “A” level game.
“He’s in his hometown. Last time he fought there he was pretty dominant so I’m not expecting anything but the best from him,” admitted Edgar.
However, while the cards may be stacked against Edgar, the 30-year old former lightweight champion is no stranger to adversity and isn’t concerned about any of the outside factors, stating, “Opportunities like this don’t come around too often so you can’t let them slip.”
The October 13 outing will mark Edgar’s featherweight debut in the UFC, while the 21-1 Aldo has successfully defended the belt three times since having his division absorbed by the UFC in 2011.
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